Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page–whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stern, Jerome (Jerome H.) Making shapely fiction / Jerome Stern. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Making Shapely Fiction. By. Jerome Stern. Powerpoint By Fallon Facade focuses on creating character through their own voices. ✤ Readers need to hear the.

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Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern

It held many nice reminders for me. The warm, witty, wise voice draws you in, and you leave the book wanting to write—and knowing how. I could see immediately why they chose it. So I kind of stumbled upon this book. Covers a variety of topics and works like an encyclopedia. Doctorow emotional example experience first-person narrator Flannery O’Connor Flashback frame story genre give going happens Henry James hero ideas imagery immediacy insight interesting intrigants irony Isaac Bashevis Singer keep literary lives look mean Metafiction Metaphor mind Motif names majing novel parables pathetic fallacy jegome phrase plot Poetic Justice point of view premise problems prose readers feel Realism realize remember reveal rhythm roman a clef satire scene seems sense sentences sentimental shape short story single sion situation someone sound speech storytelling style suggest Suspense Suspension of Disbelief talk telling a story tension texture There’s things thought tions told trying turns understand voice words workshop writers Zemper.

The book came close to making me switch from poetry writing to fiction writing in grad school. His incisive monologues are regularly heard on National Public Radio. Which brings me to reviewing this book. Never has caution been so exhilarating, advice so jefome. Want to Read saving…. He also creates an alphabet for writers of fiction.


It is a great guide, and it can also be used as a dictionary of literary terms, with in-depth explanations and examples from well-known authors. An irreverent but thoughtful way to bone up on the basics or just be reminded of what you’re doing and why. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins. Still, this section has some good advice and insights, and by the end the tone has lightened up shapelyy bit and it seems less preachy and patronizing.

I could only hope.

Selected pages Title Page. There are many other writing books I would rather recommend in a heartbeat. This section is also somewhat repetitive: It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs. I read through and took notes on the items that spoke to me.

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Making Shapely Fiction

Ill have to give it another go later in life when I have enjoy it and not pick at it for class. I should just probably stop talking about this. Part 2 is an interlude to explain to writers that they should write what you know and maoing not to do when it comes to writing.

Apr 12, Kristen Chavis rated it it was amazing. Mar 07, Ploi Pirapokin rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a book that will help you write your book, should I rephrase that statement, make you produce a work of art.

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View all 3 comments. I think the first section of the book is quite useful as a kickstarter for writing different types of stories. Excellent for beginning to intermediate writers. Books by Jerome Makingg.


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I pray that I get over this stupid obsession with a boy I’ve been writing about since I’ve known him. Nov 07, Samantha rated it liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Jul 16, John Robin rated it stetn was amazing Shelves: This book has been of help to me, somehow, into writing shapely fiction. I have read many books on the craft of writing and often am disappointed by a dearth of such shpaely — either there are too few or the author seems to have latched onto a few ideas on how fiction should work derivative of a few of their favorite books; or, there are many obscure references.

When tension and immediacy Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, jerom seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. Sep 01, Kate Willis marked it as unfinished. Would love to use this shxpely a textbook. Making Shapely Fiction is a book about the craft of writing. For instance, there’s a term “zig zag” that goes into back and forth plotting and there’s more typical terms like “point of view,” “pacing” “mis en scene” It’s a crazy-quick read.

Crazy I tell you, crazy.